How media consumption and technology impact the learning of K–12 students: an updated text

For Immediate Release
Wed, 05/29/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages emanating from television, movies, radio, the internet, news outlets, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media. In the new second of “Teaching Media Literacy,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, international expert Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D. melds advice from a diverse array of practitioners and subject experts with her own research findings to examine how consuming media and technology impacts the learning of K–12 students. Featuring a Foreword by Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education, and a Preface by Denise E. Agosto, this text tackles such paramount issues as:

  • fake news/alternative facts;
  • critical thinking
  • digital literacy and digital citizenship;
  • social inclusion and equity;
  • global interconnectivity; and
  • social justice and advocacy.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Founder of the International Media Literacy Research Symposium, de Abreu served as an expert to the Forum on Media and Information Literacy for UNESCO’s Communication and Information Section. Her work has been featured in the Journal of Media Literacy, Cable in the Classroom, Civic Media Project, and various other publications, including the books “Mobile Learning through Digital Media Literacy,” “The International Handbook of Media Literacy Education,” and “Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age.” She serves as the vice president of the National Telemedia Council and is on the Leadership Council of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Follow her work @belmedia.

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